North Carolina Look-back Period

What is the look-back period in North Carolina? The look-back period refers to the amount of time courts can consider DWI convictions when it’s time to decide on an appropriate sentence or to qualify for a felony charge. The look-back period in North Carolina for misdemeanor DWI is seven years, and for felony habitual DWI is 10 years. The prior qualifying convictions could have taken place in any state. For sentencing purposes, if a DWI arrest is made within seven years of the first, it can be sentenced as a second offense. If a second DWI arrest is made more than seven years after the first, it will be sentenced as a first DWI.